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Are we Human?

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for days.

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A Bookmark in Time

As Tina so eloquently described on her post on the Adriatic coast, songs can be a bookmark in time. Hearing them brings us back to a particular moment in our lives that can’t be replicated. There are two songs in particular that will always remind me of my time in South America.

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Both Sides Now

Every once in a while, I offer a song from my past–a long distance request and dedication to my family.

I first heard this song on a music box my mother gave me. She gave my two sisters and me a music box for every birthday growing up. What interested me more than the figures on top (like unicorns or little girls with umbrellas) was the music itself. I would open up the box and watch the small spindles going around as the music played. I would pluck them and hold them close to my ear to absorb the sounds. The boxes were my music even before radio. One of them played “Fly Me to The Moon” very slowly, so I thought that it was a heartbreaking song until I heard Sinatra sing it up tempo.

The song I loved most was Both Sides Now, although I didn’t know the title at the time. The composer would become one of my favorite singers and songwriters. Mitchell’s lyricism and music is one of a kind. This song brings me back to Illinois, to our first home where I would sit on my bed with this music box on my lap. Now that I am old enough to understand the lyrics, it holds a new meaning. I have grown into it.

What song will always remind you of home?

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I Was the One Worth Leaving

I won’t lie–I got nothing this week. It’s finals time, and I’ve got a long way to go on grading. The last few brain cells are fizzling out. It’s cold and damp in our apartment. I just finished a decent glass of wine and ought to go to bed.

I had to listen to this song before sleeping: The Postal Service’s “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight.” Have you heard it? No other song makes me as sad and happy at the same time.

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Mereces Ser Feliz

Mereces Ser Feliz–You deserve to be happy.

I love Shakira’s song “Dia de Enero.” I can’t get it out of my head recently, so I might as well share it. It’s her love song to Argentine Antonio de la Rua (from from the album Fijacion Oral Vol. 1.) It’s a song about healing a long distance love’s wounds. (“My crazy love is your best doctor.”)

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

We are on the road to Santiago, Chile.

Here’s another long distance request and dedication to all of my family and friends. I wish the happiest of holidays for you. I miss you.

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From the Record Shelf

Back in high school, a good friend introduced me to the music of Klaatu, a Canadian pop group who in the 70’s was widely believed to be the reincarnation of the Beatles. Klaatu’s production sounds like a combination of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra, and the Bee Gees.

“Routine Day,” above, is such a lovely pop ballad. The track below, “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft,” is Klaatu’s most famous song; it’s from the album “Hope.” The Carpenters covered it; however, Karen’s earnest, sleepy version doesn’t do the song justice.

I thought I’d share them since the group is such an unknown gem.

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